We had several hours to kill before we hopped on our ferry to Seattle. We’ve been wanting to see Craigdarroch Castle but didn’t want to spend our time indoors and decided to walk to Beacon Hill Park and have a look see at the Emily Carr House.
December 13, 1871 marks the day Emily Carr was born. She was the first member of her family to be born Canadian (on July 20, 1871 BC joined Canada). Emily is one of the first Canadian artists to paint in Post-Impressionist and Modernist styles. She was also a writer, thinker, an advocate for social justice, environmentalist, and champion for First Nations (Indigenous People); she was a woman before her time or what I call a true woman and true individual.
The Emily Carr House is at 207 Government Street in Victoria and is a Heritage Historic Site of Canada. It was actually a part of a larger plot of land owned by her father but was divided up amongst the daughters when their parents died. Emily and her sister grew up in Victoria as the city grew and changed. You can visit the house May through September. Unfortunately, we there in October. We didn’t get to explore the house but we walked around the property on our way to Beacon Hill Park.
Emily Carr became more known later in life. To read more about Emily, click here. We tend to visit in shoulder season so the we miss the stuff that’s open during high season. If we ever visit during ‘in’ season, I’d like to check out inside the house.
It was a nice walk to Beach Hill Park, the streets had cute homes along it. It’s about a 25 minute walk from Swans Hotel in Downtown Victoria.
We spent a couple hours taking pics of squirrels and peacocks. We’re gonna miss you Vancouver Island.
To learn more about Emily Carr, click here.